July 2105

Community and Infrastructure Priorities Program and Infrastructure and Car Parks Reserve

Council has a great history of providing infrastructure for the community. The time has now come to plan for the future of our City and to provide additional funding to be invested in our local infrastructure.

Tonight I propose that a new Community and Infrastructure Priorities Program and Infrastructure and Car Parks Reserve be established.

I am proposing that in the 2016-17 Operational Plan, Council has a new $1 million program of works to be called the Community and Infrastructure Priorities Program. It will address many of the community’s top 10 priorities as identified in the Fairfield City Plan, including community safety, a clean and attractive City, better health services and more activities for our youth.

The Community and Infrastructure Priorities Program will comprise of:

  • School zone safety initiatives $175K
  • Town centre upgrades $175K
  • Lighting/CCTV upgrades in parks and defibrillators for sporting fields $150K
  • Intersection beautification $100K
  • Youth mentoring $50K
  • Tourism and marketing/jobs creation $50K
  • Top-up for specific projects or matching funds for State/Federal grants or to fast track projects such as lifts at rail stations $300K

This additional investment will significantly improve infrastructure across the City now and into the future.

In this term alone Council is delivering a total of 769 car parking spaces. Tonight I propose the following initiatives to commence:

  • An amendment to the LEP through a planning proposal to allow for additional car parking at Dutton Lane to meet future needs
  • Funding for a new level of the Dutton Lane car park and associated traffic improvements which will come from the new Infrastructure and Car Parks Reserve

I’m also proposing a new Infrastructure and Car Parks Reserve, which will be the funding source for all of the works contained in this Mayoral Minute. The income from Council’s multi-storey car parks will be held in this new City-wide fund. All of the existing car park reserves will be amalgamated.

To supplement the funding in the new Infrastructure and Car Parks Reserve I am proposing a change to some of the fees at Dutton Lane and Fisher Street car parks to take effect from January 2016. The changes I propose are:

  • Dutton Lane 0-2 hours $2
  • Reduce all day parking to $10
  • Fisher Street 3+ hours $2 on week days

I also propose that the Reserve provides $100K for an exeloo in Cabramatta as part of the town centre upgrade project in 2015/16.

This new Reserve will make sure that funds collected from multi-storey car parks across the City are set aside to maintain or expand infrastructure provided across all suburbs of our City.

Council has completed many new major projects for the community over the past three years. The new projects I am proposing tonight will further improve the City’s infrastructure, amenity and safety.

Tonight I ask my fellow Councillors to adopt the following recommendations.

That:

1. The Community and Infrastructure Priorities Program be included in the 2016/17 Operational Plan and comprise :

a) School zone safety initiatives $175K
b) Town centre upgrades $175K
c) Lighting/CCTV upgrades in parks and defibrillators for sporting fields $150K
d) Intersection beautification $100K
e) Youth mentoring $50K
f) Tourism and marketing/jobs creation $50K
g) Top-up for specific projects or matching funds for State/Federal grants or to fast track projects such as lifts at rail stations $300K

2. Council investigates the feasibility and costs of an additional parking level on the new Dutton Lane car park with a view to the preparation of a planning proposal Council’s Car Park Reserves be amalgamated into the newly-created Infrastructure and Car Parks Reserve which will fund:

a) A future additional parking level on the new Dutton Lane car park
b) Annual maintenance and renewal works for the City’s multi-storey car parks
c) The Community and Infrastructure Priorities Program in 2016/17
d) The exeloo in Cabramatta in 2015/16
e) Any necessary traffic and pedestrian improvement works in the Cabramatta Town Centre
f) The feasibility and traffic studies for the planning proposal

3. Fees be amended from January 2016 as follows:

  • Dutton Lane 0-2 hours $2
  • Reduce all day parking to $10
  • Fisher Street 3+ hours $2 on week days

and the proposed amendments to the fees and charges be placed on exhibition for 28 days.

Frank Carbone
MAYOR OF FAIRFIELD CITY

28 July 2015